Australian teachers love travelling and working in Britain. The BBC indicates that London is calling to Australia to fill the gaping teacher supply. According to Griffith News shortage of teachers in Britain is a double opportunity for young Australians- travelling throughout Europe while teaching in London. Over 40,000 education graduates await employment in Australia while as the city of London looks for more teachers. There could be more than 30,000 teaching vacancies in London alone.
Who Can Teach in the UK?
To teach in the UK, you must have the following qualifications:
• Have a valid visa and the right to work in the UK
• Possess a Bachelor degree, Diploma of Education, or Higher Diploma in Education from a recognized training institution
• Hold a valid passport
• Two passport photos
• Proof of current address in form of utility bill or bank statement
• Present a CV
• Provide the original police clearance from your native country and any other country you have resided in
• The CRB (UK police check)
An Overseas Trained Teacher in London
The UK is a multi-cultural society. Students in London have teachers from diverse backgrounds. Teachers from outside the UK appreciate the straightforward UK curriculum and can implement the lesson plans effectively.
The School System in the UK
Australian education graduates may want to familiarize themselves with the UK National Curriculum and the requirements of specific subjects before moving to London. UK schools have different stages: the Foundation Stage (pre-school), Key Stage (4-7 years), Key Stage 2 (7-11 years), Key Stage 3 (11-14 years), and Key Stage 4 (14-16 years) after which the students enroll for higher education.
The London Primary Schools Academic Calendar
London primary schools have three terms: Autumn Term (September – December), Spring Term (December – April), and Summer Term (April – July). Each term has two sessions and a week-long half-term holiday. The Christmas break typically lasts for two weeks. The school day usually starts at 9.00 up to 15.30 with two breaks-10.30 to 10.45 and lunch-12.30 to 1.30.
Teaching in the UK
Teachers in the UK must get the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is the accreditation of teachers after teacher training and the passing of teaching skills tests. Overseas teachers without QTS can teach in the UK for 4 years before acquiring the QTS.
In guidelines issued by the UK government and the QTS information in Australian teachers who wish to teach in England must apply to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to secure the QTS. The NCTL will verify that the applicant is a fully qualified teacher eligible to instruct students and award the QTS status.
Working and Living in UK
Living and working in a new country is always a big challenge, but for Australians who wish to become UK teachers, the overseas recruiting agency may provide advice the arriving teachers on travel and accommodation.
Travel and accommodation in London and the whole of UK is excellent. London, for instance, has a modern transport system and most residents us the underground rail network, also called the tube, to get to work. The British rail or the public transport can take you to any destination all over England fast.
London is the home to big name superstores and the local street market stalls can provide fresh produce. Expat teachers can buy cheap meals, such as roast beef, at the local pubs always. Telecommunication in the UK is superb and cheap, so calling back home can never be a challenge. A call back in Australia may cost only 8 pence per minute. Skype is another alternative you can use to connect with your loved ones in Australia. The British National Health Service serves all overseas teachers, and you will pay tax at UK taxation rates.